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2008 

1. Get at least three written estimates. 2. Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed. 3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints. 4. Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be hand...
07/30/2008
Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips: 1. Trim bushes so they don't block windows or architectural details. 2. Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle. 3. Put a pot of bright flow...
07/30/2008
1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don't forget to clean out the garage, too.2. Wash your...
07/30/2008
•□         Provide the post office with your forwarding address two to four weeks ahead of the move. •□         Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and bank of your change of address. •□         Create a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be not...
07/30/2008
1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property's realistic price range.2. Prepare for visitors. Get your house market ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it.3. Be flexible about showings. It's often disruptive to have a house ready to show at the spur of the moment...
07/30/2008
An open house can be a great sales tool, but it also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Stay safe by practicing these guidelines. Call the local police department and ask them to have a squad care drive by during your open-house hours. Check your cell phone's strength a...
07/30/2008
1. Property disclosure form. This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Check with your state government to see if there is a special form required in your state.  2. Purchasers access to premises agreement. This agreement sets conditions for permitting the buyer to ente...
07/30/2008
These questions will help you decide whether you're ready for a home that's larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it's a sign that you may be ready to move.  1. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look at your annual mortgage state...
07/30/2008
Checklist: 17 Service Providers You'll Need When You Sell    •□         Real estate attorney •□         Appraiser •□         Home inspector •□         Mortgage loan officer •□         Environmental specialist •□         Lead paint inspector •□         Radon inspector •□         Tax adviser •□    ...
07/30/2008
Make sure you choose a REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs.    1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate - like many other professions - is mostly learned on the j...
07/30/2008
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